Welcome to the Animal Services Division Website!

 

Spay/Neuter for Owned Pets in Tulare County

Tulare County Animal Services has received a $28,687 grant from PetSmart Charities® , the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, to help fuel its spay and neuter efforts in Tulare County. With the help of the grant, Tulare County Animal Services is offering spay and neuter assistance for owned pets in Tulare County.

Click here to download the Press Release

Click here to download the fillable spay/neuter request form

Completed forms can be emailed to tcanimalservices@tularehhsa.org, faxed to (559) 713-3716, dropped off at our shelter, or mailed to Tulare County Animal Services, 14131 Avenue 256, Visalia, CA  93292.

Pet Vaccination Clinic a Huge Success

Tulare County Animal Services provided a drive-through pet vaccination clinic in Porterville on May 4 with free vaccinations and microchips for Tulare County residents’ furry friends. 281 dogs and 31 cats received services at the clinic. A total of 768 vaccinations were given and 233 microchips were provided. Tulare County Animal Services appreciates all the county residents who brought their dogs and cats, as well as our volunteers who assisted at the clinic.

Animal Ordinances and Commercial Kennel Minimum Standards

The Tulare County Animal Services Division will be submitting to the Board of Supervisors, for consideration, proposed revisions to the County’s Animal Ordinances and new Commercial Kennel Minimum Standards. The below links will take you to the corresponding documents. You may submit your comments and/or recommendations, via email, at animalcontrolsupport@tularehhsa.org.

Draft documents below for the County's Animal Ordinances and the Commercial Kennel Minimum Standards were updated as of April 2, 2019. The Animal Rescue Kennel Minimum Standards were updated as of March 13, 2019.

Click here to download the final proposed revisions to the County's Animal Ordinances.

Click here to download the proposed Commercial Kennel Minimum Standards.

Click here to download the proposed Animal Rescue Kennel Minimum Standards.

Click here for the link to the Tulare County Board of Supervisors' Agenda page

Animal Services Outreach Meetings

Animal Services invited community members to review and comment on the proposed changes to the Tulare County Animal Ordinances at the two meetings listed below.

Tuesday, September 25, 5–7 p.m.  (Completed)

Pixley Elementary School, 300 N. School St.

Wednesday, September 26, 5–7 p.m.  (Completed)

Monson-Sultana School, 10643 Ave 416, Sultana

Click here to download the Community Outreach Power Point Presentation.

Pets and Mental Health

May is national Mental Health Awareness Month. In recognition, we take a look at an often overlooked way to improve mental health.

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There’s nothing better than going home after a long day and being welcomed by a pet who’s been waiting all day to see you. Caring for a pet is one of life’s greatest pleasures; they provide constant companionship and unconditional love. Children, teens, adults, and seniors all find joy in pets. But the benefits do not end there. They are not only good for your physical well-being, but they're also good for your mental health.

Stress Relief: The mental health benefits of having a dog or cat have been proven by many scientific studies. The companionship that a pet offers is a great way to reduce anxiety and stress.

Pets fulfill the basic human need for physical contact. Petting, hugging, or otherwise touching a loving animal can rapidly calm you when feeling stressed or anxious. Interacting with a pet reduces a person's blood pressure and cholesterol, breathing becomes more regular and muscle tension is relaxed--all signs of reduced stress. In addition, spending time with a dog or cat raises our levels of serotonin and dopamine, the hormones that calm and reduce stress naturally, and reduces amounts of the stress-related hormone cortisol. Even the sound of a cat purring can be soothing.

Stress is not the only problem which our bond with our pets can help. People report that their animal companions comfort and keep them going when life gets rough. The positive link between pets and mental health is clear.

Mental Illness: Mental illness is a serious problem, with depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) being among the most common. Although pets cannot cure mental illness, studies show that interactions with animals can help sufferers to manage their illness and everyday life.

Having pets gave them a strong sense of identity, self-worth, and meaning; pets distracted them from symptoms of mental illness. Caring for a pet also gave owners a feeling of being in control and a sense of security and routine. Pets provided unconditional support, which they were often not receiving from other relationships. 

Pets have evolved to become sensitive and responsive to humans and our behavior. Dogs in particular are in tune to their person’s moods and emotions. They pick up on when we are distressed or not feeling well, and they offer comfort.

Pets Make Us Feel Needed: Pets provide companionship, which can help prevent illness and add years to your life. Caring for an animal helps people feel needed and wanted, especially if they live alone. Pets provide a sense of security, purpose, consistency, and a sense of achievement.  

Dogs and cats need to be fed on a regular schedule. We need to get up and take care of them—no matter what mood they are in—because the pet is depending upon us. Pets can bring pleasure and help boost morale, optimism, a sense of self-worth, and can keep people from withdrawing from the world.

Mindfulness: Mindfulness is bringing one’s attention to the present moment. Pets always live in the moment--they don’t worry about what happened yesterday or what might happen tomorrow. As a result, pets can help people become more mindful. Pets help distract people from their problems and appreciate the joy of the present.

Healthy Habits: Taking care of pets every day helps build healthy habits. Dog owners need to take their pets for walks, runs, and hikes regularly, so they receive the benefits of exercise, which is good for managing depression. Plus getting outside helps people experience the many mental health benefits of being outdoors.

Social Connection: Isolation and loneliness can trigger symptoms of depression. Pets decrease those feelings by supporting social connection. They relieve social anxiety because they provide a common topic to talk about. For example, walking a dog often leads to conversations with other dog owners. As a result, people who have more social relationships and friendships tend to be mentally healthier and less withdrawn. Pets help you get to know people, make friendships, and build your support network.

Dogs and cats love their owners unconditionally, and they want to spend time with them, no matter what. Pets listen as you vent, and they don’t judge; they greatly influence how we feel about ourselves and life in general. The research on pets and mental health is clear, and some people are even considering getting an emotional support animal.

So what can you do to receive all the mental health benefits pets provide? Provide a home by adopting from Tulare County Animal Services! If you can’t adopt at this time, volunteer at the shelter and spend time with the animals. It’ll be beneficial for both of you!

 

Tulare County Animal Services Seeks Help Locating Vicious Dog Removed From Visalia Animal Care Center

 

Choco has been deemed a dangerous dog and a public health concern. Any residents who think they know the whereabouts of the animal are asked to contact Tulare County Animal Services. Click here to contact Tulare County Animal Services.